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Asphodelus : Stygian Dreams

Asphodelus' debut full-length is a dramatic and solid slice of Gothic Doom/Death.

Asphodelus are a three piece band from Finland dabbling in the realms of Gothic Doom/Death Metal. Once past the opening intro of dramatic music, something reminiscent of a horror movie, we move into the opening track entitled 'Lamentation Of The Lost Soul'. This explodes into life with a fast paced opening, riffs and twin harmonies flowing over double bass.

The vocals by Filppu are torturous and do a great job of lifting everything to life. There are a lot of tempo changes and well crafted structural changes within the tracks running time of over four minutes. He also handles guitar and bass as well. Many of their influences hail from the likes of My Dying Bride, Tiamat and Katatonia. The hooks and melodies are catchy, none more so than on 'Scent Of Venus'.

This is the band's first full length so itís quite impressive stuff to get everything tight. They have the right amount of balance between all the instruments. The drums played by Kettunen have loads of variation and push the music at just the right moments. The sound even though quite clean is mixed with enough low end to give it a dark feel to it. It was mixed by Devilís Mark studio in Rome. 'The Hourglass Infernal' and 'Delusions Ad Astra' continue in the same vein creating different textures and ambient melodies to keep you entertained.

'Stygian Dreams' has a great dreamy hypnotic opening riff that flows beautifully along. This song has a lot more emotion to it, I feel, with creative structures and harmonies. On the mixing and mastering, I canít say anything negative, and itís all balanced nicely. The lead work in this song is my favourite. This song would definitely be a great end to the album, but 'Sleep Of Eternity' continues the dream like euphoria of before. You're almost getting ready to relax and drift away when the tempo suddenly changes and you're thrown into a whirlwind of growls from some dark twisted places. There are some nice twists in this song including nice clean guitars and some real head banging parts.

'Where Freezing Spirits Fall' is the last and longest track at over eight minutes. Double bass fills your ears throughout this song adding depth and weight. This a slow paced song throughout most of it and itís a safe ending of the album. All in all itís a good solid album with plenty of twists and turns. The short songs mean you really get a good amount packed in and this is not a bad thing.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Les Ocťanides (Intro)
2. Lamentation Of The Lost Soul
3. Scent Of Venus
4. The Hourglass Infernal
5. Delusions Ad Astra
6. Stygian Dreaming
7. Sleep Of Eternity
8. Where Freezing Spirits Fall

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

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Reviewed on 2019-06-12 by Riccardo Veronese
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